AHA e-cigarette policy emphasizes caution when using devices to quit smoking

Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution.

AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy statement on e-cigarettes drew widespread media […]

Research: E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit

Despite marketing claims, there’s no proof that e-cigarettes help smokers kick the habit — and they may even hurt their efforts to stop, according to new research.

“The overall cessation argument that’s made to sell e-cigarettes is directly contradicted by the evidence,” said Stanton Glantz, professor of medicine at the […]

Top smoking cessation therapies don’t pose serious heart risks

Three types of smoking cessation therapies – nicotine replacement, an addiction drug and an antidepressant – don’t increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, and one appears to protect the heart, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed side effects from 63 different research studies of 30,508 […]

FDA agrees menthol cigarettes are a risk, stops short of recommending ban urged by American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is among many organizations that have long supported the ban of menthol cigarettes. The Food & Drug Administration today agreed that menthol cigarettes likely are more dangerous than regular cigarettes – however, the government agency stopped short of recommending the product be banned.

“What more evidence do […]